Tribute to Papa Jacques
Tribute from the Moussounga children to the memory of their father, Jacques Moussounga (Craig's father-in-law, who met the Lord he longed to see on July 4, 2009)

Dear friends, brothers and sisters; this is a tribute to our father Jacques Moussounga.

Psalm 116:15 says: “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints”:

Who is Papa Jacques?

Papa Jacques is a prince of God; a “mukukugnungu”, that is someone respected by all. He lived his life for and with his God from the day of his conversion to the day of his death; he was not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He served God and his fellow men and women with passion, witnessing to everyone that Jesus loves them and He died on the cross for them.

Papa Jacques has always been an upright man, who never accepted bribes and fought against corruption. We have numerous testimonies of his honesty.

Papa Jacques helped many people spiritually, morally, physically and socially, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or race. He gave liberally and helped secretly.

Papa Jacques is a man of great faith; for him, nothing was too small or too big to bring to His God. He was a man of short prayers and complete confidence in God. In 2002, when his son Eliser interviewed him, after 6 years of paralysis, he said “For the future, I look to God. I do not plan anything on my own; I commit myself to him. I am with my Lord in my suffering.”

Papa Jacques is a family man whose only goal was to keep the family united and strengthened. During his life, he welcomed in his house each member of his family that stopped in Dolisie (his hometown) and everyone who came.

Papa Jacques is a warm and very kind person; his smile and laugh are contagious to the extent that even in sickness, while throngs of visitors came to see him with a sad face to sympathize with his suffering, he welcomed them, as Jacques Nziengue puts it, “with a smile that gives hope of healing and that characterizes the attitude of a man of true faith.

Papa Jacques was a faithful, affectionate and devoted husband of his wife; and a loving father to his children. He spent a lot of time with us, instructing us in the ways of life and in God. He showed us the way to salvation and strengthened our steps in the Lord. Many times he was like a friend who knew how to listen, understand and counsel those who confided in him. His children had the opportunity many times to confide in him; in him we could share unreservedly.

If we had a chance to start over, we will not ask for another father, or mother. Papa Jacques was not perfect, but he is the best dad in the whole world to us and we love him wholeheartedly. Saturday, July 4th, we lost a father, a counselor, a guide and unquestionably a friend.

We know where he is, because he has told us many times “I am going to heaven.” We know that one day we will see him and live with him (and with many others) always in the presence of God. Happy home-going Papa Jacques and see you soon in heaven. We want to say again “we love you Papa,”

Your children Therese, Emmanuel, Medine, Eliser, Aime, Gracia; your grand children; your son in law: Craig, your daughter in law Ornella and your “adopted” daughter: Julienne.

Papa Jacques was buried Thursday July, 9, 2009.